A dominating first half by Cougs

IT WAS A DOMINANT effort in the first half by the Washington State defense. With 11 hats swarming to the football, the Cougs wrapped up exceedingly well and forced two turnovers. After a slow start, Connor Halliday found a groove and tossed four touchdown passes as the Cougs took a 28-0 lead headed into the locker room.

But oh that defense.

The crimson stop corps has been relentless and omnipresent. And no statistic tells the tale better than this one: Idaho has 108 total yards of offense in the first half.

How have they done it? WSU's defensive line spent so much first half time in the Idaho backfield they should have their mail delivered there.

Defensive end Xavier Cooper was particularly noticeable in wreaking havoc upon Idaho.

Linebacker Darryl Monroe and nose tackle Ioane Gauta were in on several shut down tackles and Gauta forced a fumble a split-second before Deone Bucannon delivered the hit of the first half on an Idaho running back. The recovery by Taylor Taliulu led to a WSU score on the very next play. Bucannon also had an interception.

The Cougs had three sacks and seven tackles for loss at halftime.

Halliday has thrown 4 TD passes already to Gabe Marks (2), Dominique Williams and Vince Mayle.


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